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					    Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan          Draft for Circulation – Not to be cited
    • Secretary of the Department of higher education in the Union Ministry of Human

        Resource Development, as the Vice‐Chairperson,

    •   Chairperson UGC,
    •   Chairperson AICTE,
    •   Chairpersons of the State Council for Higher Education Councils of all states,
    •   Three Experts in the field of Higher Education,
    •   Financial Advisor to MHRD,
    •   Joint Secretary (Higher Education) – Member Secretary
    (ii) Meetings
        The RUSA Mission Authority will meet bi-annually or as often as required. It will be
assisted in its functioning by the Project Directorate. The operational costs of the meetings,
including sitting fees for non-official members, will be financed by the project through the
MMER budget.
    (iii) Functions
          The RUSA Mission Authority, besides providing guidance and directions for maximizing
gains from the project, will:
    • Delineate overall policy and planning

    •   Review functioning of Project Approval Board
    •   Allocate funds to Project Approval Board for release to States
    •   Commission and Review findings from policy reform, thematic and evaluation
    (iv) Disclosure
        The Minutes of all RUSA Mission Authority meetings will, for ensuring transparency in
selections and other decisions, be regularly published on its website.

5.1.2 Project Approval Board (PAB)
    (i) Composition
      The Project Approval Board will have the following composition:
    • Secretary (Higher Education) – Chairman,

    •   Chairman UGC,
    •   Chairman AICTE,
    •   Chairman State Higher Education Council of the concerned State,
    •   Two experts in Higher Education Sector,

   Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan                    Draft for Circulation – Not to be cited
   • Financial Advisor in MHRD,

   •    Joint Secretary (Higher Education) ‐ Convenor
    (ii) Meetings
        The Project Approval Board will meet as and when required and will be assisted by the
Technical Support Group.
   (iii) Functions
      The Project Approval Board will carry out the following functions:
    • Examine and approve state plans

    •   Assess performance of states and institutions
    •   Approve release of funds

5.1.3 Technical Support Group (TSG)
   (i) Composition
           The composition of TSG will be contractual in nature. The TSG is expected to be an
expert body manned by professionals who are hired on contract. The TSG would have Experts
from all the fields of higher education.
    (ii) Functions
         The following functions will be performed by the TSG:
   •    Monitor flow of funds and information,

   •    Generate MIS reports as required,
   •    Provide all operational support to the Project Approval Board

5.1.4 National Project Directorate (NPD)
        This will be located within the Department of higher education (DHE) in the MHRD and
headed by the National Project Director (NPD).
   (i) Composition
        The National Project Directorate (NPD) will consists of the following:
   •     Joint Secretary – Project Director,

   •    Three Deputy Secretary/Director rank officers,
   •    Six Under Secretary rank officers,
   •    Adequate support staff

       The National Project Directorate will be responsible for:
    • Facilitate holding meetings of the Mission Authority and Project Approval Board,

    Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan                   Draft for Circulation – Not to be cited
    • Overall project fund management,

    •   Overseeing project implementation at the central and state levels,
    •   Policy inputs for Mission Authority,
    •   Maintain statistical data and MIS reports,
    •   Engage project auditors as required

5.2 State Level Project Implementation Arrangements
        The project would be steered in each states/UTs through an institutional mechanism
called State Council for Higher Education (SCHE). The SCHEs would be supported in turn by the
Project Directorate (in the State Government) and Technical Support Group. They would report
to the SCHEs and will be directly responsible for management, coordination, implementation
and monitoring of the project at the state/UT levels.

5.2.1 State Council for Higher Education
        The formation of State higher Education Council forms the primary block towards
building a sound planning and funding mechanism for higher education. As has been stressed
before, given the number of state universities and the large number of students they cater to, it
only makes sense to have state as the unit of planning for higher education. State universities,
numerous as they are, cannot be monitored though a central system. Also, Center only has a
partial role in funding these institutions while States provide the rest of the funding. The lack of
coordination between States and Center produces an information gap that leads to faulty
resource planning and allocation. The states have often expressed their need to stay informed
regarding central allocations to state institutions (National Education Policy, 1886). Thus, it is
necessary to create State Higher Education Council as a body that is at an arm’s length from the
state as well as center, synergizes their resources and fulfills these functions of planning,
monitoring, quality control and co-ordination at the state level.
        The State Councils for Higher Education would be responsible for planned and
coordinated development of higher education in the State and to foster sharing of resources
between universities, benefit from synergy across institutions, lead academic and governance
reforms at the institution level, establish principles for funding institutions, maintain a databank
on higher education and conduct research and evaluation studies.
        The Council would be set up as an independent and autonomous body that would deal
with the National Implementing Agency, with universities, with State Higher Education Funding


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